Troubling notions of risk: dissensus, dissonance, and making sense of students and learning

  title={Troubling notions of risk: dissensus, dissonance, and making sense of students and learning},
  author={Walter S. Gershon},
  journal={Critical Studies in Education},
  pages={361 - 373}
  • W. Gershon
  • Published 18 September 2012
  • Education
  • Critical Studies in Education
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